Monthly Archives: December 2016

Teaching Talk – New for 2017

At Durrington, our teaching is based on a ‘tight but loose’ model around six pedagogical principles – more here.  Informed by  a mixture of research evidence and the wisdom of our very best teachers, teachers at Durrington are free to implement … Continue reading


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2016 – a Review

As the end of the year approaches (and thankfully the end of the long and busy Autumn Term) we wanted to take an opportunity to review the year from this blog. Shaun and I have selected our favourite post from classteaching, as … Continue reading

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The art of mastery

The last 15 Minute Forum of 2016 was led by Kate Blight (Senior Leader – target groups) and focussed on mastery as an approach to teaching. What is mastery learning? The overall aim of mastery learning is to ensure that … Continue reading

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Getting gritty with year 7

This term we have been talking to Y7 a great deal about grit.  What it is and why we think it’s important at Durrington.  We want our students to be gritty, because ultimately we think that will help them to … Continue reading

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Teaching Tier 2 Vocabulary

  The 15 Minute Forum tonight was led by Emma Bilbrough and Danielle Walters (MFL teachers). During the last academic year, Danielle and Emma had conducted an Action Research project, with Brian Marsh (University of Brighton), investigating how MFL could … Continue reading

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World class leadership with Baroness Sue Campbell

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the SSAT National Conference.  It was a great two days with some inspirational speakers – many of whom I got some great ideas from.  The highlight though was listening to Baroness Sue … Continue reading

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